St. John's Lutheran
Vanity...Are You Using God's Gifts to Bless Others?
Romans 1:22-25 New International Version
22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Tuesday - May 4
Luther: “The second level is vanity. One feasts on oneself and on all of creation and enjoys the things that bring profit. Thus one becomes of necessity vain “in his thoughts,” that is, in his plans, endeavors, and ambitions. For whatever one seeks in and through these gifts is completely vain. One seeks only himself, that is, one’s own glory, delight, and advantage. (When we stop acknowledging that all good things come from God, but are things that we earn or deserve in any way, we quickly become vain. We think that we can use what is “mine” for “my own” desires, instead of accepting God’s gifts and using them to bless others).